Incest plagued the historic and ancient royal families of Europe, Africa and South America. In fact, the following ten powerhouses were all brought down by sibling rivalry, ill health and madness – all of which may have stemmed from their incestuous pasts.
10. King David of Israel
According to biblical scripture, King David ruled over ancient Israel during the 11th century BC. And while his reign lasted an impressive 40 years, it was nevertheless plagued by family tragedies. These catastrophes all began, moreover, after he had an affair with the infamous Bathsheba. The story goes that the King actually lured Bathsheba’s husband into a trap and murdered him, just so that he could have his wife all to himself.